Mid-Year Report: The Best Albums of 2012 So Far

From Bruce to Best Coast and beyond, 40 of our favorite albums from the last six months

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, 'Here'

The L.A. collective stretches out, with folk fantasias, psychedelic jams, "Kumbaya" country.

Read the RS review: "Much of the LP has a post-Altamont, let's-be-mellow-around-the-campfire vibe (see gospel-soul tunes like 'That's What's Up') minus that era's sense of spiritual depletion. It's the kind of magical revisionism you can attempt 45 years down the line. And they damn near pull it off."

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